DIP DAYS Incentive! Attend All Day Every Day Around this Holiday Weekend and Win Prizes!

DIP DAYS Incentive! Attend All Day Every Day Around this Holiday Weekend and Win Prizes!

Hartford Public Schools has been so excited to welcome back all our students for the 2021-2022 school year. Are you planning a family trip for the holidays? As you think about your arrangements, we want to stress the importance of sending your child to school every day possible. Every year, absences spike in the weeks before and after the fall and winter holiday as families squeeze in a few more vacation days. It’s time to break that cycle!

Our schools will be hosting a special Attendance Incentive call the DIP DAYS CHALLENGE  on Tuesday, October 12 offering incentives and contests to encourage students to come to school every day. (Dip Days are days before or after a school holiday break in which our Average Daily Attendance can DIP as families extend the holiday into school days.)  We will announce our DIP DAYS CHALLENGE winners next week!

We know that just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and put your child behind in school. This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school. Put simply, too many absences at any age can affect a student’s chances for academic success and eventually for graduation. You can help us convey that message.

We recognize that holidays are an important time for reconnecting with families far away. The costs of plane tickets often influence when you want to travel. But keep in mind the costs to your children’s education if they miss too much school— and the message you will be sending about the importance of attendance. Even if you’ve got a homework packet from the teacher, it doesn’t make up for the interaction and learning that happens in the classroom. Our teachers will be teaching, and our students will be learning, right up until vacation starts and the first day back.

This holiday season, give your children the gift of an education and the habit of attendance.

Please read this engaging article from CT En Vivo featuring Superintendent Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez on Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism.

Let’s make sure every child is back to school ALL DAY, EVERY DAY!

If you have any questions about preparing your child for school, call 860-695-8400.

For more information about the importance of attending school every day visit https://www.hartfordschools.org/attendancematters/